The Sunday Independent - - METRO - MALIBA | AMANDA


OB­STE­TRI­CIAN and head of The Birthing Team Dr Howard Many­onga has urged trav­el­ling preg­nant women and those with new­born ba­bies to plan their trav­els.

While spend­ing long pe­ri­ods on a bus, train or plane can in­crease the risk of com­pli­ca­tions in preg­nancy, trav­el­ling dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son should not be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, said Many­onga.

“The myths that ex­ist are that air travel is not safe through­out preg­nancy, but it is safe to travel with­out ma­jor re­stric­tion up to the end of the sec­ond trimester.

“But even with this, it is im­por­tant to take heed of food-borne in­fec­tions, de­hy­dra­tion, in­cor­rect ap­pli­ca­tion of seat­belts, and any med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

“Ev­ery preg­nant pa­tient faces a risk of de­vel­op­ing un­pre­dictable com­pli­ca­tions. Have your hand-held records or sum­mary of your preg­nancy with you and fa­mil­iarise your­self with the lo­ca­tion and con­tact de­tails of the near­est med­i­cal fa­cil­ity should you need one in an emer­gency. In later preg­nancy, carry a baby or mother bag with es­sen­tials,” he said.

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